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Free Word Centre is home to a vibrant community of resident organisations whose work spans literature, literacy and free expression; from campaigning to creative writing. Many of our residents regularly host events here, and collaborate as project partners with Free Word and each other. Discover more about our residents and their work below, or click through to their own websites and social media pages.

  • Apples and Snakes

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    Apples and Snakes is England's leading organisation for performance poetry and spoken word. It runs over 90 performance poetry events and over 670 educational workshops every year, and provides top quality training and artist development opportunities… Read more

  • ARTICLE 19

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    ARTICLE 19 is an independent human rights organisation that works globally to protect and promote the right to freedom of expression. It takes its name from Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which guarantees… Read more

  • Arvon

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    Arvon runs residential creative writing courses which aim to challenge, inspire and transform. Founded in 1968, Arvon today has a leading position in the world of creative writing. With residential centres in Devon, Shropshire, Yorkshire and… Read more

  • English PEN

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    English PEN is the founding centre of PEN International, a membership association which promotes the freedom to write and the freedom to read. PEN has 144 branches in more than 100 countries, providing an active and supportive… Read more

  • The Literary Consultancy

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    The Literary Consultancy is the UK's leading manuscript assessment and editorial advice service. Founded in 1996 by Rebecca Swift and Hannah Griffiths, it provides expert, market-aware editorial appraisals to writers at all levels writing in… Read more

  • The Reading Agency

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    The Reading Agency helps children, young people and adults across the UK feel inspired and confident about reading. It champions reading with children in their formative years, works with young people who find it difficult… Read more